Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018

Early April is a great time to visit Edinburgh.

The nights are continuing to draw out, the temperature is slowly starting to rise, and the flower-beds of Princes Street Gardens are bursting back to life. The so-called “cruellest month” also plays host to the Edinburgh International Science Festival: an annual event that sees workshops, discussions and exhibitions take place throughout the city.

For centuries, the Scottish capital has maintained a reputation as a centre for academic excellence, with Thomas Jefferson proclaiming in 1789 that, in matters scientific, “no place in the world can pretend to a competition with Edinburgh”. From the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment to the groundbreaking work of Professor Higgs, science and education are fundamental parts not only of Edinburgh’s history but of its modern identity, and this is reflected in the ethos of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Founded in 1989, with a view to enhancing public understanding of science and technology, the Edinburgh Science Festival claims to be the first of its kind in the world, whilst remaining one of the largest in Europe. A registered charity, it also runs a year-round educational programme, touring Scotland’s schools and inspiring young people to take an interest in the world around them.

This year, emphasis will be placed on the role of the Science Festival as “a hub for information, ideas and innovation”, with the goal of transforming “the halls, galleries, theatres and gardens of Edinburgh into The Ideas Factory”.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from 31st March 2018 to 15 April 2018 and provides audiences with a range of innovative experiences, incredible performances and a whole host of seminars and educational pieces and presentations which provide new, unique ways of looking at the earth and universe.

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City Art Centre Day Pass

31st March - 14th April - City Art Centre

Buying a day-pass for the City Art Centre will give you access to a range of bookable and drop-in science events that are suitable for children of all ages. From 3D printable robots to activities involving pretending to be a surgeon, there is plenty at the Art Centre to keep the little ones entertained, as well as a handful of exhibits that will also be of interest to their parents.